Answer to Question #76223 in Organic Chemistry for Andrea

Question #76223
The figure below shoes the formation of the mercurinium intermediate fro the addition of mercuric acetate to an alkene. There are two ways by which water can attack the intermediate. Draw the mechanism for both ways by using curved arrows to represent electron flow.

H3C/\\/\CH3 Hg(CH3COO)2 O
_____________> ||
H2O, THF / \
O CH3
|
Hg+ O
/___\ CH3 + O---//
/ \/ \
H3C CH3
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Expert's answer
2019-04-18T05:05:27-0400


Both carbon atoms in the intermediate are secondary. Two product are formes as waret can attact each of these atoms.

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